Handel - Messiah
|Thy rebuke hath broken His heart: He is full of heaviness. He looked for some to have pity on Him, but there was no man, neither found He any to comfort him.
|Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow.
|He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgressions of Thy people was He stricken.
|But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell; nor didst Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.
Mendelssohn - Elijah
Elijah - As God the Lord of Sabaoth liveth, before whom I stand, three years this day fulfilled, I will show myself unto Ahab: and the Lord will then send the rain again upon the earth.
Ahab - Art thou Elijah, he that troubleth Israel?
Chorus - Thou art Elijah, he that troubleth Israel!
Elijah - I never troubled Israel's peace: it is thou, Ahab, and all thy father's house. Ye have forsaken God's commands: and thou hast followd Baalim!
Now send and gather to me the whole of Israel unto Mount Carmel: there summon the prophets of Baal, and also the prophets of the groves, who are feasted at Jezebel's table. Then we shall see whose God is God the Lord.
Chorus - Yea, and the God who by fire shall answer, let Him be God.
Elijah - Call first upon your god: your numbers are many: I even I, only remain, one prophet of the Lord! Invoke your forest-gods and mountain-deities!
Chorus - Priests of Baal - Baal, we cry to thee; hear and answer us; Heed the sacrifice we offer! hear us, O hear us, Baal! Hear, mighty god! Baal, O answer us! Let thy flames fall and extirpate the foe! O hear us, Baal!
Elijah - Call him louder; for he is a god! He talketh! or he is pursuing; or he is in journey or peradventure, he sleepeth; so awaken him; call him louder.
Chorus - Priests of Baal - Hear our cry, O Baal! now arise ! wherefore slumber?
Elijah - Call him louder! he heareth not. With knives and lances cut yourselves after your manner: leap upon the altar ye have made: call him and prophecy! Not a voice will answer you, none will listen, none heed you.
Chorus - Priests of Baal - Hear and answer, Baal! Mark how the scorner derideth us! Hear and answer!
Elijah - Draw near, all ye people : come to me!
Lord of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel! This day let it be known that Thou art God; and I am thy servant! O show to all this people that I have done these things according to Thy word! O hear me, Lord, and answer me; and show to this people that Thou art Lord God; and let their hearts again be turned!
Angels - Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain thee. He never will suffer the righteous to fall; He is at thy right hand. Thy mercy, Lord, is great; and far above the heavens. Let none be made ashamed that wait upon Thee!